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A shocking incident happened recently to a transgender student Map Pesqueira who has lost his Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Scholarship. The Typical Student team learned the details.
A first-year transgender student at the University of Texas-Austin, Map Pesqueira, was denied his ROTC scholarship for the next three years due to the new policy barring transgender people from serving in the military. The story was immediately picked up by the National media, even the politicians began to protest. Still, according to the officials at the U.S. Department of Defense the decision had nothing to do with the student’s gender identity.
As told by The Chronicle Of Higher Education, the new transgender ban foresees that "any military personnel who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, or the sense that one's emotional and psychological identity as male or female is the opposite of one's biological sex, and who has had any related medical treatment, is categorically excluded from the military." Pesqueira has gender-dysphoria, he has undergone top surgery and hormone-replacement therapy. Apart from that, he legally changed his name and official documents.
How Many US Teens Identify As Transgenders?
So, are there many transgender people in the US? According to a study by the Williams Institute, some 150,000 people aged between 13 - 17 identify as transgender in the US. Another study by the Williams Institute has shown that "transgender people serve in the military at double the rate of the general population."
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